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The Ethical Questions Raised by the Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer Case in this Month’s Atlantic

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on May 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Malcom Gay in the Atlantic reports on the dismissal of the federal government’s civil forfeiture action under U.S. customs laws United States v. The Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer, and the broader quesions about what a museum should do when faced with such claims. In April, the U.S. District Court allowed the St. Louis Museum of Art's Motion to Dismiss and issued a stinging rebuke of the case for seizure of the Mask under customs laws.

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Topics: Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer, St. Louis Art Museum, Collections, Malcom Gay, Customs, The Atlantic

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